TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We topped out at a lovely 74° this afternoon as the sun peeked between the clouds. The blanket of clouds this evening will act like a blanket and keep us in the 60s for most of the evening. Temperatures will get down into upper 50s early Friday.
Friday starts of chilly and cloudy, but warms nicely up to 70°. Expect the sun to break through the clouds at times during the day. Friday evening the clouds will build ahead of a few isolated, light overnight showers.
An area of low pressure just off Florida’s east coast begins to strengthen, and it will drive a cold front through the area Friday night. We have a 20% chance of some overnight showers with that front.
The rain ends early on Saturday as some of the coldest air of the season invades from the north. Highs will only be in the upper 40s, and it will be windy. Expect north-northwesterly winds around 15 mph with gusts upwards of 20 mph. Clouds clear out, but the afternoon sunshine won’t do much to warm us up.
If you’re headed out for the boat invasion before the Gasparilla parade, be extra careful. Winds will be 20-25 knots, and it will be rough on the Tampa Bay water. There is a Small Craft Advisory and a Gale watch for our water. Seas build to 7-9 feet just offshore.
For those pirates headed to Bayshore Blvd for the parade, dress in layers. It’s the chilliest Gasparilla parade is many years, and we drop into the 30s Saturday night.
Sunday morning we wake up to freezing temperatures in all of Citrus, Hernando, and most of Pasco counties and areas to the east of I-75 in other counties. Inland areas and the Nature Coast will most likely be under a Freeze Warning, with temperatures expected below freezing for 2-4 hours. South of Pasco and west of I-75 we may brush freezing briefly Sunday morning, but generally mid to upper 30s are expected.
Sunday will be sunny and cool with highs in the mid 50s.
Next week we warm up nicely, topping out in the 70s on Tuesday and Wednesday and hitting 80° on Thursday afternoon ahead of a few showers.